In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »
As they were not allowed by the Spanish government to film in Spain, Fred Zinnemann and Alexandre Trauner stayed for two days at the Frontón Hotel in Vitoria (now Vitoria-Gasteiz) and went around the city to get pictures and information about buildings and people trying to reach the "intimate heartbeat of the city" in order to later recreate them properly. No local newspaper took the news maybe due to censorship. See more »
Towards the end of the film, when Gregory Peck is digging up the guns, he unwraps a Sten gun. The Spanish Civil War took place from 1936 to 1939 and the sten gun wasn't in service until 1941. This means that it couldn't have been buried when they fled Spain. See more »
Only two years ago one of our priests was in the bank in San Marco when you robbed it. It knocked him loose from his senses and he has never recovered.
Priests should stay out of banks.
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Opening credits - the first card shown contains the passage from Revelations 6:8, which contains the phrase "Behold a Pale Horse", the title of the film. See more »
I really liked this film but think that if fell very short in several things. The story is of two old adversaries who can not give up the fight and a third that is thrust into the middle of the feud. Grudges are hard enough to give up but commitment to causes that cost blood are all but impossible. That is what this movie does so well as it tells this story. The three principals, being the kind of actors they are simply did what they always did and put the stamp of their own character on the role they played. It is so easy to transpose almost any character played played by Gregory Peck or Anthony Quinn between the different movies they act in. Omar Shariff does a lot better taking on the role rather.
The ending is without adequate support in my opinion and seems more meaningless than it was intended to be. Peck's character seems to want to make some grand statement but there is no real motivation for it.
The boy Paco who is so important in the movie is unfinished and unredeemed. Marietto plays Paco very well and Paolo Stoppa outshines most of the others.
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